The University of California, Merced is a dynamic new university campus in Merced, California. The University opened in September 2005 as the tenth campus of the University of California and the first American research university in the 21st century. In keeping with the mission of the University to provide teaching, research and public service of the highest quality, UC Merced offers research-centered and student-oriented educational opportunities at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels through three academic schools: Engineering, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences/Humanities/Arts.
The Functional Nanomaterial Research Laboratory directed by Dr. Jennifer Lu, is looking for a motivated and qualified postdoctoral scholar to design and synthesize 3D hierarchical porous carbon-based structures for energy storage and conversion.
Qualifications: Applicants must have obtained a PhD in materials science, physics, chemistry or a related field. Strong written and verbal communication skills are required. Highly self-motivated individuals who have demonstrated the ability to conduct scientific research successfully and work independently are desirable. The candidate should have experience in the following two key areas:
1) Advanced understanding in electrochemistry, and well versed in the use of spectroscopic and microscopic material characterization methods to understand relationships between structure and properties.
2) Extensive experience in nanomaterial synthesis; experience in nanocarbon synthesis is a plus.
Duties: The candidate is expected to stay abreast of recent publications in the field of electrocatalysis and electrochemical storage, develop research ideas and write research papers. The postdoctoral scholar will be expected to assist with mentoring graduate students and undergraduate students who will work on the project. The postdoctoral scholar will also be responsible for maintaining laboratory synthesis and characterization equipment and reinforcing lab hygiene. Travel to user facilities at the National Laboratories will be required. This is a two year project with appointments being year-to-year based on continuation of funding and satisfactory performance.
Review of applications will begin immediately. The position is open until filled. Starting dates are negotiable. Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter, 2) a short research statement, 3) curriculum vitae and 4) names of at least three professional/academic references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address. Please contact Jennifer Lu at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
The University of California, Merced is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. The University is supportive of dual career couples. Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales.